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Florida voters elected to change the drawn districts where constituencies
were determined, striking down the formerly gerrymandered districts
designed to elect minority representatives. The post May election fallout
has included everything from lawsuits and protests to advisory communi-
ty meetings. In an effort to help the state draw "fair districts", meeting
were held throughout the state, including the packed one shown above at
the Florida State College st Jacksonville. The new plan has yet to be voted
on when the legislature goes in session next January.
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Shown above are members of the Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority presenting gift bags of toiletries to the young
ladies of the Reed Center. Standing is Sharon Peele, Barbara Hopkins (President), Wilma Lauray, and Juanita
Holiday Pathway to Success at Reed Educational -Member of Chi
Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Inc. presented gift bags of toiletries to twenty deserving girls at this year's Reed Ed-
ucational Campus Holiday Celebration. The Christmas theme was "making a positive difference." The young
ladies also served breakfast to the homeless citizens at the Clara White Mission. The holiday celebration was
a coming together to celebrate the circle of love, energy, support and the constant chatter that continues to
blossom at the Reed Educational Campus. The campus is the result of Gertrude Peele, a Jacksonville activist
and legend that left her mark in the hearts of young girls to have fun and continue on the pathway of success.
by Danielle Wright
DETROIT Three weeks after her
disappearance, the search for 2-year-
old Detroit toddler Bianca Jones con-
On Christmas Eve, the family of
the girl held a church vigil in her
honor, singing "Jesus Loves Me" and
wearing buttons with pictures of
Bianca, missing since Dec. 2.
As time passes, the outcome of the
search continues to look bleaker, but
her family refuses to give up hope of
finding her alive and well.
"With each passing day, it's getting
harder and harder," Kelly Jones,
Bianca's aunt, told the Detroit Free
Press, "but we're leaning on each
other for strength."
On Dec. 2, Bianca's father, D'An-
dre Lane, 32, reported he was hi-
jacked by a gunman, who drove off
with the 2-year-old. Ten minutes
later, the car was found by police
without Bianca inside.
In the weeks since her disappear-
ance, disturbing details have emerged
including a polygraph test that Lane
failed, and spots in Lane's bedroom
that a cadaver dog, trained to detect
human decomposition, identified.
Lane has not been charged in his
daughter's disappearance and says
that people are trying to make him
the "bad guy."
Bianca's disappearance is just one
of many incidents ofAfrican-Ameri-
ing in the past
lice said they
h e s s y e r ,
who has been
more than two
dumped in a
And, was re-
ported that a
that he beat a
diana girl to
death with a t7 n00
brick and then
her, hiding her
and feet at his
home and dumping the rest of her re-
mains nearby, police said Tuesday.
If you have any information on
missing children, authorities urge
you to contact the National Center
for Missing & Exploited Children at
or call 9-1-1.
Healthcare advocate Elizabeth
Means died at the beginning of the
year following a long illness.
Shands has since opened a clinic in
her honor for her work for local
Trailblazer and local founder of
the National Council of Negro
Women, passed at the age of 81.
The winner of numerous awards
and accolades, she leaves the Reed
Educational Campus as her legacy.
Social activist and local non
profit director of River Region
Human Services Derya E.
Williams succumbed to a long ill-
ness in November.
Civil rights activitist and noted
author Stetson Kennedy lived to
his 90s in the Jacksonville surrund-
ing area. He is most noted for infi-
trating the KKK during the height
of the civil rights movement.
Nick Ashford, 70, one-half of the
legendary Motown songwriting
duo Ashford & Simpson -- who
wrote some of Motown's biggest
hits, including "Ain't No Mountain
High Enough" and "Ain't Nothing
Like the Real Thing," -- died Au-
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Grammy-winning Delta blues
guitarist and singer, David "Hon-
eyboy" Edwards died August 29.
He was 96.
Dr. James E. Bowman
Dr. James E. Bowman, 88, father
of White House adviser Valerie
Jarrett and a renowned pathologist
known for asserting that manda-
tory sickle cell screening laws were
"more harmful than beneficial,"
died September 28.
Soul singer Marvin Sease, known
for his song, "Candy Licker," and
who was known to take lyrics to
places that colleagues like Marvin
Gaye only suggested, died Febru-
Heavy D, 44, also known as
Dwight Arrington Myers singer
and former leader of Heavy D &
the Boyz, the first act signed to Up-
town Records, the label that was
integral in building the bridge be-
tween hip hop and R&B died on
The first tenured African-Amer-
ican professor of law at Harvard
University and largely credited as
the originator of Critical Race
Theory, Derrick Bell, 80, died Oc-
Poet and musician Gil Scott-
Heron, 62, died May 27. Consid-
ered one of the godfathers of rap,
Scott-Heron was renowned for his
spoken-word poetry on such songs
as "The Revolution Will Not Be
Esther Gordy Edwards
Esther Gordy Edwards, 91,
founder of the Motown Museum,
sister to Motown founder Berry
Gordy and champion of preserving
the label's Detroit studio, died on
R&B star Vesta Williams, 53, who
had '80s hits such as "I'll Be Good
to You" and "Congratulations,"
died on Sept. 22. She was found
dead in her California hotel room,
reportedly with bottles of prescrip-
Former NFL defensive star and
top NFL draft pick in 1967, Bubba
Smith, 66, later found a second
successful career as an actor. He
died on August 3.
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, 89,
who led the fight against segrega-
tion as a minister in Birmingham,
Alabama, and was hailed by the
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for his
courage and energy, died October
Gladys Horton, 66, co-founder of
The Marvelettes, died on January
26. Horton sang lead on the '60s
girl group's first hit single, "Please
Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner
and environmentalist Wangari
Maathai, 71, died on September
25. Maathai founded The Green
Belt Movement, a grassroots non-
governmental organization based
in Kenya that focused on environ-
mental conservation; she was
known as a civil rights and
women's rights activist and also
served as a Member of Parliament.
Olympic and heavyweight boxing
legend Joe Frazier, 67, died on No-
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Gone But Not Forgotten
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
December 29 January 2
Conrad, Mote Among Mayor's New Appointees [
ed in the
tions on policy
m a t t e r s
a n d
served as the
the U.S. Navy's
Shown above at the new appointee announcement are (L-R) Martin Senterfitt, Ivan
Mote, Chip Drysdale, Mayor Brown, Eleanor Byrd, Victor Guillory and Jarik Conrad. well as the com-
mander of the
Mayor Alvin Brown has selected the city's new Fire and Rescue U.S. 4th Fleet. He is scheduled to
Jacksonville's first Military Affairs chief.
officer amid a handful of appoint- Victor Guillory has been selected begin work with the city on Jan. 16
ments that also elevates an experi- to serve as Mayor Brown's Director Martin Senterfitt is the City's Fire
enced emergency responder to be of Military Affairs, Veterans and Martin Senterfitt is the appointment
and Rescue chief. The appointment
is effective Dec. 21, 2011. Senterfitt
began his career with the
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue
Department in 1988. Since July
2008, he has been the city's
Emergency Preparedness Division
chief. His new salary is $135,000
The mayor also appointed three
other Fire and Rescue division
chiefs as well as a new director of
employee services. Each of the fol-
lowing positions became effective
Dec. 21, 2011.
-Ivan Mote will serve as Division
Chief of Rescue with an annual
salary of $116,350.
Chip Drysdale will serve as
Division Chief of Fire Operations
with an annual salary of $116,350.
Eleanor Byrd will serve as the
Division Chief of Training with an
annual salary of $116,350.
Jarik Conrad will serve as the
city's Director of Employee
Services with an annual salary of
$120,000. Conrad served as a vol-
unteer staff person on the mayor's
personnel transition committee and
has been serving as the acting
director of the department.
Fourteen Debutantes Presented at the
16th AKA Silver Rose Debutante Coterie
Pictured from left to right are Debutantes Shanequa B. Taylor, Brea S. Parks, Kai L. Butler, Ashleigh T. Willis, Hilary M. Standifer, Bianca
M. Sessions, Kelcey S. Sablon, Aierress C. Hanna, Channing A. Ashley, Leslye L. Randolph, Kirsten F. Demps, Alexis M. Guns, Jeanetta M.
Martin and Amme Y. Smith.
The Gamma Rho Omega
Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Incorporated presented
:fourteen college young women to
society at the Silver Rose
SDebutante Coterie Presentation and
Ball on December 22, 2011. This
* was the chapter's 16th presentation.
SOver the past thirty-one years, four
hundred fourteen debutantes have
' been presented.
The season began in June with
Sthe Mother-Daughter Luncheon.
Debutantes participated in work-
shops and community service proj-
ects. Parents, sponsors and friends
at luncheons, dinners, breakfasts,
barbeques, luaus, tours, extravagan-
zas, plays, scavenger hunts, dances,
sleepovers, zumba fitness, scrap-
booking, ice skating and golfing
Mrs. Bonnie Atwater, chapter
president and Dr. Norma S. White,
25th International President, Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Incorporated, formally greeted
guests. Mrs. Bertha Padgett,
Debutante Committee Chair, intro-
duced Mrs. Juliann McIntosh
Blackmon and Dr. Brenda R.
Simmons, who served as commen-
After the debutantes were pre-
sented, debs, escorts and parents
participated in the First Dance.
Music was provided by PM
Rev. Michael Mitchell blessed
the meal and dinner was served.
Alpha Kappa Alpha sponsors
included Monica Brown, Saundra
Brown, F. Yvonne Hicks, Karen
Jenkins, Jacquelyn Lee, Cordelia
Mitchell, Bertha Padgett, Davina
Parker, Karen Patterson, Sharron
Patterson, Janie Robinson, Bettye
Sessions, Sabrina Sessions, Brenda
Simmons, Kim Smith, Evelyn
Tukes and Phillis Varnado.
Leon Key Robert Thornton
Job Corps Highlight
The Jacksonville Job Corps
Center is proud to showcase their"
Faces of Success" series. This
series is designed to highlight suc-
cess stories of Jacksonville Job
Corps graduates. Student graduate
from the program weekly but a for-
mal graduation is held twice a year.
This years' graduation will be held
at Edward Waters College at the
Adams-Jenkins Gymnasium on
Feb. 3, 2012.
Recent graduates of the program
include Mr. Robert Thornton, for-
mer SGA President. He was an
the E3 Development Series for
entrepreneurs; a 24 week course
which takes aspiring entrepreneurs
through all aspects of business. The
course is valued at $1800.00.
Key received his high school
diploma from the Foundation
Academy which is located in
Jacksonville Beach, Fl. He decided
to attend Jacksonville Job Corps to
get certified in Computer
Technology after comparing the
cost of the program (14,000) to
local colleges and determining that
Job Corps had everything he need-
exemplary leader and "Because of Job Corps I have a
a dedicated student.
Robertrecently grad- future...I have a chance to make
Robert recently grad-
uated from the JJCC a life for myself and my family."
with a certification in Robert Thornton
HVAC. Before leav-
ing the center he signed with the ed to acquire the certification.
United States Army and will be Once he completes his AA degree
deployed May 22, 2012. His back- in Science and Information
ground is similar to many of the Technology Leon would like to
students at Job Corps, students who become a Computer Forensic
are in search of an opportunity to Specialist. Jacksonville Job Corps
improve their lives, center trains about 525 students per
A native of Cairo, Ga, Thomton year. The young men and women
credits his inspiration and motiva- study to become: carpenters, elec-
tion to making something out of his tricians, certified nurse assistants,
life to Mr. Anthony Reid, his HVAC office administrators, pharmacy,
Instructor at Job Corps and his Computer and HVAC technicians
mentor Ms. J. Manning. "I'm truly and other professionals. The cen-
proud to say that Job Corps ter's top priority is to teach eligible
changed my life, because of Job young people the skills they need to
Corps I have a future...I have a become employable and to help
chance to make a life for myself place them into meaningful careers.
and my family," states Robert The program helps 16 to 24 year
Thornton. old men and women to improve the
Leon Key is another Jacksonville quality of their lives through career
Job Corps success. Leon recently technical and academic training.
graduated as a Certified Computer Nationally, it serves about 60,000
Technician. He also has enrolled in students each year at 124 centers
college and has been hired by across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
United Parcel Service. UPS recent- The taxpayer supported program is
ly became an employer partner with administered by the United States
Jacksonville Job Corps Center and Labor Department.
is willing to assist our students who For more information on the
are attending college and seeking Jacksonville Job Corps, their pro-
part-time employment an opportu- grams or students, visit www.jack-
nity to move forward. Leon was sonville.jobcorps.gov.
also awarded a full scholarship to
Tense Times for tl
by Charles Ellison
WASHINGTON With many
preoccupied by the holiday season,
making ends meet and the clown-
ing of the endless Republican pri-
mary debates, few are paying close
attention to what's been happening
in the Supreme Court lately. As if
the Court is brewing up a 21st-cen-
tury remake of the Civil War, the
august body of for-life judges have
decided to review three of the most
volatile cases you could pick to
review during a presidential elec-
It started with the announcement
that the High Court (also known
affectionately as SCOTUS) would
review the Affordable Care Act, a
lightning rod law of political ani-
mus and controversy since the
heated Health Care Reform Wars
that, literally, cost Democrats their
House majority in 2010. Derisively
picked on by Republicans as
"Obamacare" one of the GOP's
most widely used talking points -
the law has been repeatedly poked
at by everyone from conservative
think tanks and legal experts to
state's Attorneys General and polit-
ical candidates looking for an elec-
tion year base booster.
Many states scoffed at the
Constitutionality of the individual
mandate inserted in the law, accus-
ing the Obama Administration and
the federal government of over-
stepping bounds. The
Administration barked back and
now, after much political wrangling
and changing of the guard on
Capitol Hill, it's up to the SCOTUS
to cast final judgment.
But, they didn't stop there.
Along comes the infamous
Arizona state immigration law,
technically known as "S.B. 1070"
for its state legislature designation.
Republican Governor Jan Brewer's
masterpiece of questionable and
virtually unenforceable immigra-
tion detainment became the cause
of a Latino community already
under siege from increased depor-
tations. The law caused a national
firestorm over how far authorities
could go in seizing illegal immi-
grants and whether police identifi-
cation by race was even legal.
After many boycotts, national
outrage and Brewer's face on dart
boards, Arizona suffered a huge
economic setback from S.B. 1070
and became the poster kid for
racism in the United States.
Now, it's under SCOTUS'
Going further down south in the
big state of Texas is where current
Republican Governor Rick Perry,
R-Texas, also a fledgling GOP pri-
mary candidate, pushed an appeal
against a lower court which refused
to let the state use state and con-
gressional legislative maps drawn
by an even lower court. While that
court found the new Census-driven
maps suspiciously drawn to dimin-
ish the influence of Black and
Latino voters in the Lone Star state,
Perry argued that the judges should
have kicked it to the state legisla-
ture which is, incidentally, domi-
nated by Republicans.
Observers worry that the High
Court is taking on politically and
emotionally charged cases during
an election year that promises to be
as hot as the previous Presidential
cycle in 2008. Healthcare, immi-
gration and redistricting also touch
on sensitive issues of access,
race...and more race.
The healthcare debate is
immersed in a murky mix of
Constitutional arguments and spicy
political hand-to-hand, a key issue
Republicans plan to use against
Democrats, specifically President
Obama, in 2012. How the Court
decides on the Affordable Care Act
could tip the electoral scales in dra-
As could the immigration issue
and redistricting. The Arizona
immigration law on one hand
placed an uncomfortable law
enforcement spotlight on the prob-
lem of illegal immigration in the
southwest United States. But, it
also galvanized the awakening of a selected another soul
sleeping Latino political giant that Tennessee's Al Gore, to be
could prove lethal for Republicans Rick Perry's nomination
- especially depending on which bles, aside from his many
way the legal winds blow on the moments, but because ofrel
SCOTUS case. to elect another Texan," o
The Texas redistricting case, one Marvin King, a political
of the few to come before the Court professor at the Univer
in quite some time, could have the Mississippi.
effect of deciding the fate of Black "The problem, from the
and Latino political power, particu- perspective, is the ascensio:
larly as populations of color move South. It's growing at a muc
southward. SCOTUS'review of the clip and growing in politic
case is already causing anxiety too. The congressional seats
amongst civil rights advocates, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylva
lawyers and many African- New York invariably end
American politicos worried that Georgia, Texas or North C
this is just one new chance, next to Texas is gaining four nev
the increasing presence of voter ID and while that will make it
laws, for Republicans to undennine for Democrats to retake the
minority votes typically leaning it shouldn't affect the pres
All three cases are volatile. All King argues that while 1
three have the potential of stirring sions are there they may
up conservative and mostly South- decisive. Obama could lose
based Republican constituencies in Electoral College votes he
2012, in red state ways detrimental Florida, North Carolin
to President Obama's re-election. Virginia and still win the e
And all three appear to exacerbate What will be decisive are
boiling North versus South elec- issues like the economy, hea
toral tensions that could radically reform, and immigration
alter the political landscape beyond instance, while Americans
the elections, strong border they don't pr
"The North/South divide is antics of Sheriff Joe Arpaio
always just beneath the surface in discrimination of Alabama
American politics. People thought immigration efforts.
it odd that Bill Clinton, in 1992, And whatever the Suprem
n of the
o or the
ruling, it's a national issue, not a
sectional one, argues King.
"If the perilous economy and the
ponderously improving unemploy-
ment and numerous foreign policy
concerns weren't enough two
potential decisions by the U.S.
Supreme Court could heavily
impact next year's presidential
election," says Peter Groff, the first
Black president of the Colorado
State Senate and currently a senior
fellow at Johns Hopkins
University. "The Court decrees on
the Affordable Care Act and
Arizona's immigration law makes
the Court a player in 2012 in a way
that should make the Court, which
claims to be uncolored by society
and politics, very uncomfortable.
Some think the discomfort of the
Court will result in Republican
pleasure in 2012."
"However, the GOP better be
careful what it hopes for because I
think the president wins either way
politically. The White House has
embraced the inevitable court chal-
lenge and has said from the very
beginning the new law will pass
constitutional muster. An affirma-
tion by the Court punctures the
constitutional argument against
health care and clears the way for
full implementation and also wipes
it off the politically table," adds
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press December 29 January 11, 2012
"Time brings all things to pass,"
said the Greek poet Aeschylus. Of
course this was around 500 BC,
but still relevant today.
It seems like every year I say the
same thing "Where did the year
go?" I am trying to remember
what my New Year's resolutions
were last year; and considering
that my weight is the same or heav-
ier that's one ignoredresolution.
But before we start talking about
resolutions for 2012, let's take a
look back and see what happened
in 2011. With so much to talk
about and so little Free Press col-
umn space, we will have to hit
some of the highlights and low-
lights of the year.
Politically, perhaps the most
interesting series of events from
2011 was the flip-flopping of
Republican front-runners for
President. Each major candidate
has had his or her turn on top of the
America's newest favorite black
Republican Herman Cain was a
rock star one day and buffoon the
next. His rise was as surprising as
his rapid fall from grace. We found
out that Cain was big pimpin or at
least he thought he was. His situa-
tion wasn't as bad as Tiger Woods,
but it was bad enough for him to
"suspend" his campaign!
Who will be the eventual
Republican nominee that will face
President Obama? Well as
Aeschylus said time will tell.
Perhaps the biggest story here in
Jacksonville was the election of
Mayor Alvin Brown. This race not
only shocked many
Jacksonvillians, but also was
talked about statewideand even
Florida's First Coast has been a
consistent conservative leaning
county, so for an African American
Democrat to win it really shocked
the political system. The good
news for Democrats and President
Obama is that Democrats now hold
the Mayor's Office in Orlando,
Tampa and Jacksonville. These are
all critical cities if the President is
going to win Florida again.
Back to Mayor Brown, he put
together a strong campaign team
and was a good candidate. He was
a fresh face and was able to moti-
vate his base, which has been an
issue with many candidates.
I have to take my hat off to
Mayor-elect Brown and his team.
It almost felt like November 2008
when Barack Obama became the
first black President of the United
The election of Alvin Brown
should send a clear message to
blacks. Your vote does count.
Alvin Brown won by 1,662 votes,
so that tells you that every single
vote counts.Of course, it wasn't
just blacks that elected Brown, but
having a strong African American
turn out was the key to his election.
Now, the second biggest story -
some would argue that it should be
the biggest in 15 years, was the
announcement of Jacksonville
Jaguar coach Jack Del Rio's firing
and the fact that long time owner
Wayne Weaver was selling the
team all on the same day!
Weaver announced that and the
entire ownership group wasselling
the team to Shahid Khan, a
Pakistani-bor businessman who
owns an auto-manufacturing com-
pany called Flex-N-Gate. Last
year, Khan tried to buy the St.
Louis Rams; but the deal fell
I met Kahn about a week ago at
a reception at the stadium I have
a good feeling about him. He is
committed to winning and has
been successful in everything that
he's done. I think 2012 will be a
good year for the Jags!
Speaking of sports -
Jacksonville native and former
Florida Gator Tim Tebow became
a household name and NFL rock
star winning several games in a
row with this unorthodoxstyle of
Governor Rick Scott took office
in January and since then he has
consistently had one of the lowest
rankings of any U.S. Governor.
Makes sense, he worked with the
state legislature to introduce and
pass some of the most controver-
sial bills the state has ever seen.
For example, the Republican-
lead Florida Legislature passed a
bill to drug test all poor people
applying forTemporary Assistance
for Needy Families (TANF) funds.
The ACLU sued and a judge
agreed that it's unconstitutional
and downright stupid!
Also during session, education
funding in Florida was cut by
$1.35 billion, which equals a
decline of $542 per student.
Not only were the students being
shorted, but also teachers continue
to be treated as if they add very lit-
tle value to the education of our
children. The teacher merit pay
bill that passed provides no protec-
tion for good or bad teachers; and
no additional money to the school
district for the so-called"merit
Furthermore, since we are talk-
ing about education, Nat Glover
was officially sworn in as the
President of Edward Waters
A New Resolution: Just
say no to high cost lending
by Sharon Cromwell
The New Year's tradition of
making resolutions is sometimes
an opportunity to turn dreams into
specific goals and efforts like los-
ing pounds gained during holiday
excesses. When it comes to finan-
cial matters, now is a perfect time
to also assess lending habits and
ways to develop greater financial
security. In a downturned econo-
my, where jobs are scarce and dol-
lars are short for many Americans,
learning how to keep a greater por-
tion of your monies is a resolution
worth the effort. If changes in con-
sumer financial habits can begin in
the New Year, chances are there
will be a big and better difference
by this time next year.
These changes can especially
benefit consumers with modest
incomes as well as those living on
governmental assistance and fixed
incomes. In fact, the fewer the
financial resources, the more
important it becomes to avoid
high-cost lending and derive
greater use of your own money.
For example, if your bank has
begun to charge service fees for
checking accounts, review the fine
print that announced those
changes. Payroll direct deposits or
maintaining minimum balances
may be available options that could
spare consumers pesky monthly
fees. If you earlier opted in for
overdraft coverage, now is a great
time to opt out of it and the accom-
panying average cost of $34 per
transaction. Surveys have shown
that the vast majority of consumers
would prefer to have a transaction
declined rather than incur these
If your bank does not currently
offer these kinds of cost-savings
options, it might be time to shop
around with area competitive
banks or credit unions. As non-
profits, most credit unions offer
lower rates than commercial
lenders. Lower rates and fees
translate into significantly cheaper
financing costs for major purchas-
es such as homes and vehicles.
Although bank and credit union
accounts are widely used, approxi-
mately nine million Americans
have no bank account at all,
according to the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation. FDIC esti-
mates that one in five black house-
holds is unbanked and relies upon
fringe financial services to transact
their personal business. A sure way
for these consumers to begin build-
ing savings would be to avoid fee-
based and high costs of check-
cashing services, pre-paid debit
cards as well as payday and car
Typically, check-cashing servic-
es charge a percentage of the check
being cashed. As an example, if a
Social Security check of $1,000 is
cashed at a cost of $24.75, in a
year's time, the store will take
$297 from the recipient. Even with
a bank account monthly service
charge, the recipient would keep
more of their money. If a bank or
credit union charged $7.00 per
month for an account or $84 per
year, the difference the consumer
would keep is $213. That amount
of money could be better used for
utilities, groceries or even savings.
Pre-paid debit cards, a growing
financial product may also be a
more expensive way to transact
personal business as well. Whether
offered online or from a growing
list of major retailers, pre-paid
cards frequently come with multi-
Beyond converting money into
plastic, activation fees are often
charged. If ATM use is allowed,
additional costs may be incurred
for using these conveniently-locat-
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BUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood,
ichinson, William Reed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta
Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver,
rown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson.
College. He is an alum, and I am a
big fan of Glover and his past
accomplishments, but turning
EWC around is not a singular
thing. It will take a lot of hard
work, as well as continued com-
munity and political support. The
college definitely picked the right
man for the job.
So much happened in 2011 that
it's impossible to capture it all. The
death of one of FAMU's drum
majors after the Florida Classic
game in Orlando will have ripple
effects far into the New Year. It
made the ongoing issue of hazing
on college campuses headline
news; with many critics calling for
the suspension of FAMU's world
famous band, and thefiring of the
school president, as well as the
I say, let's not rush to judge, and
let the investigation happen before
taking action against anyone.
Other notable deaths included
Gertrude Peele, a lady that was a
tireless community servant here in
Jacksonville. "Remember that
everyone's life is measured by the
power that individual has to make
the world better-this is all life is,"
stated Booker T. Washington. Ms.
Peele lived that mantra every day
of her life.
One of my favorite rappers
growing up passed away Heavy
D, and so did boxing legend Joe
Frazier. Steve Jobs, the man who
made Apple Computers the coolest
tech company in the world, passed
Like I said, there's so much to
write in so little time. So until next
year, as Don Cornelius would say,
"I wish you love, peace, and soul."
ed machines. Further, if a con-
sumer wants to 're-load' the card
once original funds have been
depleted, another fee could kick in.
In short the fee totals deny con-
sumers full use of their own
Perhaps the highest cost of
fringe lending occurs with payday
and car title loans. Each year, the
12 million Americans using pay-
day loans generate $4.2 billion in
fees alone. According to research
by the Center for Responsible
Lending, most payday customers
borrow an average
nine loans per year at
400 percent interest;
76 percent of these
repeat borrowing on
the same principal.
The 17 states and
the District of 1,
Columbia that have
enacted a double-
digit rate cap on pay-
day loans have
together saved their
consumers $1.4 bil-
lion in fees. While
the legislative battles
over these high-cost
loan products contin-
ue, right now every
consumer can say no
to high-cost lenders.
It is one time when
saying 'no' will
mean 'yes' to
improving your own
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The Black Vote is Still President Obama's
Trump Card, But Only if They Show Up
Black voters will again give President Obama a sky high percentage of their
vote in 2012. That was never in doubt. What is in doubt is how many will
make up that percentage. It is the number, not percentage of black voters that
turn out that will again ease the President's path back to the White House or
make that path rocky. The 2008 election decisively proved that the presiden-
tial reelection bid is a pure numbers game.
If black voters had not turned the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries
into a virtual holy crusade for Obama, and if Obama had not openly in the
South Carolina primary and subtly in primaries thereafter stoked the black
vote, he could easily have been just another failed Democratic presidential
candidate. Through its voter education, awareness, and mobilization cam-
paigns, the NAACP played a huge role in galvanizing and boosting the num-
bers of black voters, nearly all votes for Obama. It was part race, part pride,
and all sense of history in the making and being a part of Obama's epic win.
The mass rush by blacks to the polls was the single biggest reason that
Obama carried the traditional must win states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida,
and broke the GOP presidential grip on North Carolina and Virginia. There's
no certainty that will be the case this time around. The GOP dominates the
state legislatures in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Virginia. Four of
these five states have GOP governors and there's warfare between the GOP
and the Democrats over GOP concocted remapping plans in Florida and Ohio,
and other states. The plans would virtually insure a spate of redrawn GOP
friendly voting districts in the 2012 presidential election. The GOP aim is to
gain greater dominance in the House and win majority control in the Senate.
But the biggest prize is the White House, and the more GOP controlled dis-
tricts in the states that Obama won in 2008, the greater the odds are of rolling
those states back into the GOP win column. GOP strategists almost certainly
will spend massive sums and mount a relentless, intensive blitz in these states
to paint Obama and the Democrats as the cause of the economic woes of the
middle-class, with the always subtle undertone of soft pitch racial code lan-
guage to prick the lingering unease of many conservative white voters toward
Obama and the Democrats.
This political ploy is even more worrisome. Obama's centrist appeal to inde-
pendents played a significant role in getting many of them to punch the
Democratic ticket and augment the huge black vote he got in 2008. But a
repeat of that in 2012 is questionable. Polls consistently show that a majority
of independents are disappointed, dismayed, or hostile to Obama's handling of
the economy, always the Achilles Heel for any incumbent who wants to keep
his presidential job.
The good news is that polls are showing the enthusiasm level for Obama is
still as high as it was in 2008 among a majority of black voters. Polls also
show that blacks are the most optimistic that the country is heading in the right
direction. That's due almost exclusively to their backing of Obama. This is the
key factor in getting numbers of voters to show up at the polls on Election
Obama has done two things to keep the enthusiasm level high. In November,
he held a black leadership conference and unveiled what is as close yet to a
white paper the White House has issued on race. It ticked off a checklist of ini-
tiatives from health care, job stimulus and small business aid that have bene-
fited blacks. The position paper was an obvious counter to the shouts from
some black activists, and on occasion the Congressional Black Caucus, that he
hasn't said or done enough about the chronic high unemployment, failing pub-
lic schools, high incarceration rates, and worries about home foreclosures, and
poverty crisis facing black communities.
Obama strategists recognize that the novelty of his history making election
has worn off with many blacks. This realization and in some cases, frustration
and impatience, set in among many blacks, caused far more second guessing
about Obama's priorities then the White House found comfortable.
The backstabbing, infighting, and clownish antics of the pack of GOP pres-
idential contenders and the constant hectoring of them as weak and ineffectu-
al at this stage of the election game should not be cause for the Democrats to
uncork the champagne and declare the 2012 election a cakewalk for Obama.
Despite fielding arguably one of the weakest GOP presidential tickets in
recent history in 2008, the GOP contenders still got the bulk of the white vote.
There's no guarantee that this can't happen again. The GOP will rally its frac-
tious base when the Election chips are down. The black vote is still Obama's
trump card, but only if the numbers are there.
December 29 January 11, 2012
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Matthew Gilbert holds
13th All Class Reunion
Shown above are this years Class of 1961 honorees which included
Joyce McCall, Francina Dunbar and Ruth Waters McKay. R. Silver photo
The alumni and administration of Matthew Gilbert held their 13th All
Class Reunion at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel last weekend. The
festive gala which included classes from 1952-1970 culminated two days
of activities. This year's event was again chaired by James Daniels and
Jackie Lucas Surrency and took an entire year to plan to bring together
hundreds of Gilbert Panthers. The Class of 1961 received special honors
as they celebrated their 50th year donning white attire and tuxedos. They
were saluted to the tune, This Magic Moment. Also honored with special
awards were Elbert "Ootie" Robinson, Earline Toby Lockett, Rev.
Landon Williams, Judge Henry Adams, Sylvia Bowman and the I.L.A.
Master of Ceremonies Charles Griggs kept the evening flowing with
humor and class. The 'party with a purpose' also furthered the role of edu-
cation with the awarding of scholarships. As in previous years, the event
closed with the much anticipated "Roll Call" provided by legendary Coach
1 11 1 M* iral Ina] Q mL IIIfUm tjoy.) aIfu
Shown above flanked by his wife Santhea and children is Mayoral
candidate Alvin Brown at his Election Night Watch Party. FMP
Alvin Brown Advances
to the General Election
March 24 Standing in front of a
cadre of supporters, Democrat
Alvin Brown who some even said
was a long shot, won a spot to com-
pete in Jacksonville's upcoming
mayoral race. To win, a candidate
needed 50 percent plus one vote to
avoid a runoff.
"To God be the glory", were the
first words Brown spoke behind the
podium to his supporters. He cap-
tured the spot with a 24% margin
over Republican Audrey Moran's
22% of the vote giving him the
4,000+ votes he needed to advance.
The election was an uphill battle
for the Jacksonville native who
worked his way through school
while working at Winn Dixie. He is
the second major African-American
candidate of color to advance to the
general election held May 17th
against former Tax Collector Mike
Driven by the mantra, "a better
Jacksonville for all" and a dedica-
tion to make Jacksonville more
than a 'pass through", Brown is
determined to unite the city.
"I want to thank you and the vot-
ers for sharing our vision," Brown
told his supporters.
Shown above is ACT-SO judge Catherine Russell congratulating
Iman Bethel and first place winner Morgan Danford in the Oratory
competition. R. Porter photo
NAACP 's A CT-SO honors talented youth
The Jacksonville Branch of the
NAACP hosted the annual ACT-
SO competition last weekend at
Douglas Anderson School of The
Arts. Students were allowed to
compete in at least three of the 26
categories in hopes of placing 1st,
2nd or 3rd and competing for a spot
in the upcoming national competi-
tion in Los Angeles, California.
The awards were held following
the competition at the JEA Building
where honorees were presented
with their gold, silver or bronze
medal and enjoyed entertainment
and food with their guests on hand
to see the achievement.
Mother/Daughter night out
perfected by Diane Reeves
Willetta Richie, Khalilah Liptrot,. LJ Holloian. _,
Helen Holloway at the Dianne Rev\es sho se (inet .
Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves elec- Jazz Vocal Performance". She is
trifled a sold out Ritz audience last the only singer to have won the
weekend culminating their Ladies Grammy for three consecutive
of Jazz series. recordings.
Considered one of the most The performance was punctuated
important contemporary jazz by a deserved standing ovation of
singers, the Detroit, MI native has jazz lovers.
won for Grammy Awards for "Best
-~ Kappas honor local heroes
Gregory Jonathan, Nigel Lax, Tevin Mitchell, Brian Barton, Christopher Greene, Trevian Crawford,
Zachary Rose, Malcolm Chapman, Darius Holliday, Winston Jones, Devon Burton, Brandon Brooks and
D u Nl Kappas honor local heroes
Links add two to circle offriendship
The Bold City Chapter of the Links, Inc., added two outstanding ladies
to their ranks this year to expand their circle of friendship. Answering the
invitation to membership were Marsha Oliver and Cynthia Griffin. Shown
above is Oliver (left) and Cynthia Griffin (right) being welcomed by the
outgoing President Ruth Waters McKay (center) after their installation
ceremonies in May.
Shown above accepting the award for the 100 Black Men is the
Jacksonville Chapter President Dr. Levi McIntosh (right) receiving the
award from Cleveland Ferguson, Kappa Alpha Psi Jacksonville Alumni
Chapter President. The Chapter annually holds a public meeting in the
Jacksonville City Council Chambers to reflect and say "thank you" to indi-
viduals and organizations that improve the quality of life for the commu-
The Jacksonville Journey continues The Jacksonville
Journey, Mayor John Peyton's cornerstone program created in 2007, held
their last meeting under the Peyton administration in June. The committee
of concerned community leaders and experts, was designed to help create
a plan to combat Jacksonville's increasing crime rate. The result of their
interaction was a plan of action that not only addressed the presence of
police on the streets, but the root cause of crime through prevention, reha-
bilitation and targeted intervention. Shown at the meeting are committee
members Rev. Mark Griffin and Charles Griggs, hearing crime fighting
ideas from Sheriff John Rutherford.
Gates Millennium Scholarship awarded to Raines student
by: Willie Hall
The 2010-2011 Mr. Raines has
been selected as a Gates
Millennium Scholar. Eason recently
received his notification letter
announcing this achievement.
Mr. Eason was selected among
23,000 applications nation wide.
1,000 students have been chosen to
receive a good-through-graduation
scholarship to use at any college or
university of his choice. Gates
Millennium Scholars will be pro-
vided with personal and profession-
al development through the leader-
ship programs along with academic
support throughout their college
The award will be based on the
cost of tuition, fees, books and liv-
ing expenses for the 2011-2012 aca-
demic year, as well as the availabil-
ity of grants and other scholarships
reported on the financial aid award
"This distinguished award is an
extremely high honor, and I would
like to congratulate them on this
exceptional accomplishment," said
Duval County Public Schools'
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals.
The Gates Millennium Scholars
Program, established in 1999, was
initially funded by a $1 billion grant
from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation. The goal of GMS is to
promote academic excellence and
to provide an opportunity for out-
standing minority students with sig-
nificant financial need to reach their
Mr. Eason is a member of the
Raines High Marching band and
The Kappa League. The Kappa
League is an organization oriented
toward helping young men of high
school age to grow and develop
their leadership talents in every
phase of human endeavor.
Only two of these scholarships
have been awarded to Duval
County Public Schools students this
year. Willie Barron, student at
Ribault High School was also
selected as a Gates Millennium
Shown above is legendary Negro Leaguer Harold "Buster" Hair,
award winning official John Corker and Coach Henry Williams.
Ritz debuts Black Sports Exhibit- The Ritz
Theatre and Museum debuted their long awaited exhibit "More Than a
Game: African American Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975", last July to
much fanfare. The interactive exhibit features much of the untold history
of Jacksonville's Black athletes who played sports locally and beyond dur-
ing the time of segregation.
December 29 January 11, 2012
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 5
Greater New Jerusalem
Pastor B.E. Williams
207 W. 6th St. Jacksonville, Fla.
Saturday December 31, 2011 Saturday at 6 p.m.
Pastor Landon Williams
1880 Edgewood Ave.
Services start at 7 p.m.
Disciples of Christ Christian Fellowship
Pastor Robert Le Count
2061 Edgewood Ave. W. Jacksonville, Fla. 32208
Services start at 10:00 p.m. with Pastor Steve Wilson
of Divine Power Christian Church
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Brian C. Campbell Pastor
2935-1 St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Fl. 32207 (904) 396-0855
Deacon Johnny Taylor, Chairman Deacons Ministry Brother Broderick
Edward, Chairman Trustee Ministry: Services start at 7 p.m.
Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church
10325 Interstate Center Dr. Jacksonville, Fl. 32218 (904) 696-1770
Dr. Eugene Diamond Pastor
Services start at 8 p.m.
First Timothy Baptist Church
Rev. Frederick Newbill
12103 Biscayne Blvd (904) 757-9878
Services start at 10:30 p.m.
Titus Harvest Dome Spectrum Church
Pastor R.J. Washington
12335 Atlantic Blvd
Services start at 9 p.m.
Greater Grant Memorial AME Church
5533 Gilchrist Street, Pastor R.D. Richardson Jr.
Services start at 10 p.m..
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church
Dr. James W. Henry Pastor
Worship Center 690 w. 20th Street (904) 598-0510
Bring in the New Year praising God. Watch Night Service will begin at
9:30 p.m. While prasing God there will also be a mime concert
Many will greet the new year by
toasting with glasses of champagne,
perhaps singing a few remembered
lines of "Auld Lang Syne" or tuning
in to watch the throng of merrymak-
ers on New York City's Times
A more powerful observance will
be unfolding simultaneously
churches locally and nationally.
Those familiar with Black com-
munities in the United States have
probably heard of "Watch Night
Services," the gathering of the faith-
ful in church on New Year's Eve.
The service usually begins any-
where from 7 -10 p.m. and ends at
midnight with the entrance of the
Some folks come to church first,
before going out to celebrate.
For others, church is the only
New Year's Eve event.
In churches throughout north
Florida, as in dozens of other
American cities, Sunday-size
crowds of people will gather to wit-
ness the passing of the old year and
the dawn of the new, much as of our
ancestors did at a more contentious
There is a reason for the impor-
tance of New Year's Eve services in
African American congregations.
The vigils won the devotion of
Black America in 1862, many say,
when Abraham Lincoln decreed that
his Emancipation Proclamation
would take effect Jan. 1.
Abolitionists and slaves are said to
have congregated on "Freedom's
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Disciples of Christ Cbristiai Fellowship
*A Full Gospel Baptist Church *
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
of Watch Night Services
and all s
of joy as
God for b
Slaves waited eagerly to hear the word on their Emancipation for the origination of Watch Night.
await what the new year another year. have gathered annually on New
ng. But even before 1862 and the pos- Year's Eve since the earliest days,
at night, Blacks came sibility of a Presidential praising God for bringing us safely
in churches and private Emancipation, African people had through another year and praying
1 across the nation, anx- gathered on New Year's Eve on for the future. Certainly, those tradi-
waiting news that the plantations across the south. Many tional gatherings were made more
ition Proclamation actually slave owners tallied up their busi- poignant by the events of 1863
ne law. Then, at the stroke ness accounts on the first day of which brought freedom to the slaves
ht, it was January 1, 1863, each new year. Human property was and the Year of Jubilee. Many gen-
laves in the Confederate sold along with land and furnishings erations have passed since and most
re declared legally free to satisfy debts. Families and friends of us were never taught the African
the news was received, were separated. Often they never American history of Watch Night.
e prayers, shouts and songs saw each other again in this earthly Yet our traditions and our faith still
people fell to their knees world. Thus coming together on bring us together at the end of every
ed God. Black folks have December 31 might be the last time year to celebrate once again "how
in churches annually on for enslaved and free Africans to be we got over."
's Eve ever since, praising
!ringing us safely through
6th Stanton Gala
The current class representa-
tives of Old Stanton, New Stanton
and Stanton Vocational High
Schools will meet to discuss plans
for their 6th Annual Stanton Gala
on Monday January 9, 2012, at
6:00p.m. Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, 215 Bethel
Baptist Street (First Street
Entrance). For more information
contact Kenneth Reddick at 764-
8795 or visit
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together with loved ones.
So, Black folks in North America
Sons of Allen of St. Paul Presents
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
The Sons ofAllen of Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church will
present, "Guess who's coming to Dinner," a gospel stage play, Saturday,
January 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. The doors open at 5 p.m.for the special pro-
duction that will take place at The Garden Club of Jacksonville, located at
1005 Riverside Avenue. The donation for this event is $45.00 and dinner
will be served. Call 764-2755 for more tickets or more information.
Community Awareness and
People Helping People Day
The community is invited to join the Community Awareness and People
Helping People Day at El Beth El Church on January 15th from at 11 a.m.
3:00 p.m. A great program has been planned for this occasion. Bishop
Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. will be the speaker for the 11:00 A.M. service and for-
mer state senator Anthony "Tony Hill from the Office of the Mayor
Federal, Government Liaison will be the guest speaker for the 3 P.M. serv-
There will be several civic and political leaders to share and inform the
community. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr.
at 904-710-1586 or the church office at 904-374-3940.
A free dinner will be served after each service.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m
Come share In Holy Communion on Ist Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m.
Worship with us LIVE
on the web visit
Grace and Peace
December 29 January 12, 2012 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 7
Fisk University wins latest round in
legal battle to share art collection
Since 2004, Nashville HBCU Fisk University has been trying to sell all
or part of its 101-piece Stieglitz Collection, which was donated to the uni-
versity by artist Georgia O'Keeffe. The collection includes many paintings
by O'Keeffe, as well as other works. The collection is valued at about $75
million. But a stipulation in the O'Keeffe gift says that the collection can-
not be sold and must be displayed. Fisk University maintains that it needs
to generate funds from this valuable asset to remain financially viable. The
university has an agreement to loan the collection to the Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. for six months each year for
a fee of $30 million. But the Tennessee attorney general opposed the agree-
ment stating that it violated the terms of O'Keeffe agreement and wet to
court in order to keep the collection in Nashville, Fisk won the right to
share the collection in a November 2010 ruling that was appealed by the
Rep. Frederica Wilson
Rep. Wilson to Introduce
Hazing Bill to Congress
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson says she plans
to introduce a federal anti-hazing bill as soon as Congress returns from
its holiday break next month.
The Miami Democrat says her proposal is designed to ensure no one
endures a beating like one leading to the death of Florida A&M drum
major Robert Champion last month. She announced her plans this week.
Police say Champion was punched and paddled in a hazing ritual dur-
ing the school's Marching 100 band trip to the annual Florida Classic in
Wilson says hazing is demeaning, dangerous and deadly and needs to
The Marching 100 has been suspended from future activities and its
director placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a
Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation into Champion's
by Marsha Oliver
Giving I was always taught
that if you want to know what
someone values; look at his or her
checkbook. Who's got the leading
spot in yours a hair salon, depart-
ment store, or perhaps a favorite
restaurant? You don't have to be
rich to make a difference in the
lives of others. Donate a coat; mow
a neighbor's yard; adopt a pet;
serve a meal. Open your heart and
share your time, talent, and treas-
ures with your church, your alma
mater, and/or a nonprofit organiza-
tion. Learn about local philanthrop-
ic and volunteer opportunities at
Learning So, you graduated
summa cum laude...in 1990! What
have you done for yourself lately?
You're never too old to learn a new
skill or build a new career or
hobby. Perhaps, you enjoy photog-
raphy; aspire to learn a foreign lan-
guage, cook or ballroom dance.
Get on with it and commit to
improving yourself by learning
something new. You'll discover
that you're much more interesting
and marketable! Jacksonville is
home to numerous educational
institutions and community educa-
SPruning -One of the best ways
to make room for new growth is by
pruning. Pruning is defined as the
selective removal of parts to
increase the yield of healthier
plants. Do you have a closet or
S storage facility full of items
that you don't need or
haven't used...or perhaps a long-
term relationship that has not yield-
ed anything of meaning for you?
Select those things that may be
weighing you down and make
room for more good things and
people in your life.
Budgeting Getting finances
in order is more than just a new
savings account or the practice of
couponing. You must understand
how you currently spend your
money to determine ways to budg-
et. Perhaps you have medical sup-
plies or medication to purchase
monthly. Those life-saving expens-
es are inflexible. But that $5 cup of
coffee each day is. There are
numerous programs and financial
institutions that allow you to keep
track of your monthly transactions
and expenses. Visit www.mint.com
to learn more how to create budgets
Texting There's a great deal
of publicity about the dangers of
texting and driving. No arguments
with me about that. But I can't
identify a time when texting is ever
appropriate During meetings?
Not! In church? Not! To offer a
birthday or holiday greeting? Not!
Texting is impersonal. Send one
text to everyone in your contact list
encouraging them to call you (on
your home phone if you still have
one), write (postage stamps are
sold even in grocery stores) or visit
(if you've pruned, your house
should be clean) more often.
Planning There's a time to
be spontaneous; but important
things require planning. Whether
you're 28 or 82 years of age, you
should have a will. A will isn't just
for the rich, for parents or the eld-
erly. Wills provide guidance and
information about health decisions,
wishes, and priorities. While we
can't plan for accidents, we can
plan for our reaction or responses
to them. A variety of computer pro-
grams offer free downloadable
wills (Quicken) and lawyers charge
fees of $500 to $1500 to develop
Exercising Reduces obesity,
health risks and stress. Duh...that's
all I'm going to say about it.
Owning If owning a home is
the American dream, it is, no
doubt, a nightmare to see luxury
vehicles parked outside of apart-
ment complexes. Screeeeam! Trade
in your car for a home and a bus
pass. Make that $900/month rental
payment an investment in your
future, and not your landlord's.
Today's economic condition makes
home buying very affordable. Cars
(bicycles and scooters too) should
simply be a mode of transportation;
not a status symbol...unless of
course, you're being transported in
a chauffeur-driven limousine each
day. If so, I hope you own the lim-
Reading If the last book you
read was for a high school research
paper, we've got a problem
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FOR THE WEEK OF DEC. 27, 2011 JAN. 2, 2012
BCSP PROFILES: BCSP
looks at players in NBA,
standouts this week in
S BLACK COLLEGE ALUMS IN THE NBA;
NEW HEAD COACH AT TEXAS SOUTHERN
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
2011 MEAC BASKETBALL ON TV:
As part of its agreement with ESPN, the MEAC will
highlight four men's and two women's basketball regular
The 2012 MEAC Championship Tournament will also
air on the ESPN networks with the men's and women's
championship games televised live on ESPNU and ESPN2,
respectively, beginning at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday,
The 2011-12 television schedule tips off on Monday,
January 16 with the defending MEAC men's basketball
champion Hampton Pirates traveling to Baltimore, Mary-
land to take on the Morgan State Bears. In a rematch of
last year's championship game, the teams will face off live
at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Coppin State Lady Eagles will match up against
the North Carolina A&T Lady Aggies Monday, January
23 at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU in the first televised women's
game of the season. The action continues with Coppin State
hosting the Aggies of North Carolina A&T in the second
game of the doubleheader at 7 p.m.
In a men's and women's double-header on Monday,
January 30, Hampton will host Morgan State with the
women's game at 4:30 p.m. and the men's game immediately
following at 4:30 p.m.
The Coppin State Eagles will also take on the Maryland
Eastern Shore Hawks in a Monday, February 13 game at
9 p.m. on ESPNU.
For the fourth straight year, the MEAC will participate
in the annual Sears BracketBusters event, a three-day men's
college basketball extravaganza pitting potential NCAA
Tournament hopefuls against each other.
The Morgan State Bears, who have competed as the
MEAC's representative for four consecutive years, will
be joined by Delaware State, and Hampton. The DSU
Hornets are competing in the event for the second straight
year, while the Hampton Pirates are making their first-ever
The 2012 MEAC Basketball Tournament tips off March
5-10 at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum in Winston-
2011-12 MEAC Basketball Televised Schedule
Men's Televised Schedule
Mon., 1/16 Hampton at Morgan State
Mon., 1/23 NC A&T at Coppin State
Mon., 1/30 Morgan State at Hampton
Mon., 2/13 UMES at Coppin State
Sat., 3/10 MEAC Men's Championship
Women's Televised Schedule
Mon., 1/23 NC A&T at Coppin State
Mon., 1/30 Morgan State at Hampton
Sat., 3/10 MEAC Women's Championship
WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
FORMER BLACK COLLEGE
PLAYERS ON OPENING DAY
2011 NBA ROSTERS
6 Ben Wallace
32 Mickell Gladness
12 Trey Johnson
HEIGHT POS. EXPERIENCE
6-10 C 16th year
C 1st year
6-5 G 3rd year
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|CIAA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
N. DIVISION W L W L
Virginia Union 1 0 6 7
Bowie State 0 0 7 1
Eliz. CityState 0 0 6 4
Chowan 0 0 6 5
Lincoln 0 0 5 6
Virginia State 0 1 1 8
J. C. Smith
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER Darren Clark, Sr., G, BSU Had 22 points,
including 11-of-ll from the FT line in Bulldogs' win. Also
had 2 assists and four steals
ROOKIE Kenny Mitchell, Jr., C, VSU Scored 11 of his
12 points in second hall in win over Concord.
NEWCOMER- DeVonteWilliams, 5-11, Fr.,G,VSU -Had
11 points and 7 rebounds in win over Concord.
COACH Darrell Brooks, BSU His Bulldogs perfect
M/EAC MiD EASTERN
M EA C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Norfolk State 2 0 9 5
NC Central 1 0 7 6
Bethune-Cookman 1 0 4 10
Delaware State 1 1 4 6
Hampton 1 1 4 7
Savannah State 1 1 5 8
Howard 1 1 4 9
CoppinState 0 0 4 7
Morgan State 0 0 2 7
South Carolina State 0 1 4 8
N. Carolina A&T 0 1 4 10
Md.-Eastern Shore 0 1 3 9
FloridaA&M 0 1 2 11
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER Pendarvis Williams, 6-6, So., G, NSU
* Totalled 51 points shooting 65% from the floor in two
wins. Had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal
vs. Toledo, 24 points, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 rebounds
vs. St. Francis.
ROOKIE- Simuel Frazier, 5-11, G, HOWARD- Got 17
points, 6 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds in games vs
Indiana and Delaware.
DEFENSE Kyle O'Quinn, 6-9, Sr., C, NSU Averaged
10 rebounds, blocked 5 shots and got two steals in two
wins. Averaged 18.5 points in two games.
Asberry leaves Shaw for Texas Southern
(Raleigh, NC) Shaw University's Darrell Asberry last week was
named head football coach at Texas Southern University.
"While we are sorry to be losing Coach Asberry, everyone at Shaw
wishes him all the best as he begins this new challenge," said Shaw Uni-
versity President Dorothy Cowser Yancy.
Asberry said that the choice to take the job at Texas Southern was a
difficult one. "Raleigh is home for me in many ways, and the people here
are family. Shaw gave me the opportunity to be a head coach, and I will
always be grateful for that."
"We hired DarrellAsberry as our next football coach at Texas Southern
because if you look at his background and his track record, he developed
Shaw into one of the premier Division II football programs," said Charles
McClelland, TSU's athletics director, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports
"He has a very high graduation rate. We wanted somebody that was
going to come in and be a great football coach and a great fit for Texas
Southern University and I think Darrell can help us achieve our goals."
Through his six seasons at Shaw, Asberry has compiled an impres-
sive 40-25 record overall (.615 winning percentage) and a striking 30-13
record (.697) within the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
(CIAA). Under his leadership, the Bears won conference championships
in 2007, 2008 and 2010. The team earned a berth in the NCAA Division II
tournament in 2007 and 2010. In 2008, the Bears appeared in the Pioneer
Asberry was named CIAA Coach of the Year in 2007, and was named
the Pigskin Club's (Washington, DC) 2010 CIAA Coach of the Year.
"Coach Asberry built the program to this prominence," said Alfonza
Carter, Athletics Director at Shaw. "He will always be a part of the Shaw
family, and we are excited that he is getting the opportunity to coach in
Prior to assuming the head coaching duties at Shaw, Asberry was the
offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Carolina Central.
He also worked at Jackson State (his alma mater), Coahoma Community
College and Albany State. Asberry played professional football in the
Canadian Football League and the World League of American Football
as both a quarterback and wide receiver.
Asberry replaces Interim Head Coach Kevin Ramsey, who took the
post in April after Johnnie Cole was released in the midst of an ongoing
NCAAinvestigation into possible violations. The Tigers finished 4-7 overall
under Ramsey, 2-7 in the Southwest Athletic Conference.
Ramsey is staying on as defensive coordinator under Asberry.
Rookie Mickell Gladness one of three
black college players in NBA
Former Alabama A&M center Mickell Gladness is one of three
former black college players on opening day 2011 NBA rosters.
He joins free agent Trey Johnson out of Jackson State who made
the New Orleans Hornets' roster and longtime veteran Ben Wallace, who
enters his 16th year in the league, ninth with the Detroit Pistons.
Gladness, a 6-11 center who last played for Alabama A&M in the
2007-08 season, spent a part of last season and most of the last two seasons
toiling in the NBA Development League for the Dakota Wizards and the
Rio Grande Vipers. He was named to the opening day 15-man roster of
the Miami Heat.
The Heat announced Saturday that they waived veteran guard Eddie
House, meaning a pair of rookies, Gladness and Terrell Harris out of Okla-
homa State, made the roster to open the season and therefore earned seats
on the plane to Dallas. Miami opened the season against the Mavericks
on Sunday with a 105-94 win in a rematch of last season's NBA finals.
Gladness played three minutes in the Heat's opener. He did not score or
get a rebound but did commit two fouls.
"I had my bags packed," Gladness said prior to being notified that he
made the team on Saturday. "One bag is in the room, just ready to go back
to North Dakota. The second bag was packed to get on the plane. So eeny,
meeny, miney, moe, pick which one."
Gladness had eight rebounds in 21 minutes during the preseason.
"Both (Gladness and Harris) simply overwhelmed us with their effort
and their desire and their want this week," Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra
said. "It was a little bit of a surprise and they continued to make us watch.
That's what training camps are all about."
SIAC SOTHe INTER N COLL GATE
SIA ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
SW AC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Prairie View A&M 0 0 4 9
Alcorn State 0 0 3 8
Southern 0 0 3 9
AlabamaA&M 0 0 2 6
Alabama State 0 0 2 9
Jackson State 0 0 2 10
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 0 1 9
Texas Southem 0 0 1 9
Miss. Valley St. 0 0 1 10
Grambling State 0 0 0 9
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Quincy Roberts, 6-5, Jr., G, GRAMBLING STATE- Scored
game-high 28 points and 10 rebounds in loss to TCU.
Omar Strong, 5-9, Jr., G, TEXAS SOUTHERN Scored
23 points on 8 of 12 shooting, 7 of 9 from behind the arc,
in 56-51 loss to Colorado.
Gladness, who was cut by the Heat during training camp last season,
said getting the word on Christmas Eve became his best gift ever topping,
he said, a Sega Genesis game system he once got.
Johnson made the opening day roster of the New Orleans Hornets.
Jackson, a 6-5 guard, is a former 2006-07 SWAC Player of the Year when
he was one of the leading scorers (27.1 ppg.) in the nation at JSU. He is
playing for his fourth NBA team. Johnson was signed as a free agent late
last season and played in one game for the Los Angeles Lakers. Earlier
last season, he signed a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors and saw
action in seven games. He also played in four games for Cleveland in the
07-08 season on two 10-day contracts.
Johnson has played the last four seasons in the NBA Development
League for the Bakersfield Jam averaging 20.7 points per game. His best
average was before his call-up last season when he was one of the top scor-
ers in the league with a 25.5 points per game average.
Wallace, the former Virginia Union and CIAA standout, will be enter-
ing his 16th year in the league, ninth with the Pistons. Wallace helped lead
the Pistons to the 2004 NBA title during a stretch where he won numerous
league-wide awards including Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of
the Year and several first-team all-NBA selections.
BEASTIN': Detroit Lions' linebacker Justin Durant (#52, HAMPTON)
brings down San Diego running back Ryan Matthews in Saturday's
38-10 Lions' win. Durant led the Lions with 11 tackles.
OF THE WEEK
ISAAC REDMAN, RB, Pittsburgh (3rd
year, BOWIE STATE) Had eight
carries for 35 yards including a 2-yard
TD run in 27-0 win over St. Louis. Also
had one reception for five yards.
JUSTIN DURANT, LB, Detroit (5th
year, HAMPTON) Led Detroit with
11 tackles, five solos, and had one sack in
38-10 win over San Diego that clinched
a playoff berth for the Lions.
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C IA A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
N. DIVISION W L W L
Virginia Union 1 0 3 5
Virginia State 0 0 7 4
Eliz. CityState 0 0 5 3
Chowan 0 0 5 5
Lincoln 0 0 4 5
Bowie State 0 1 0 8
J.C. Smith 1 0 7 3
Fayetteville State 0 0 6 3
St. Augustine's 0 0 5 4
Shaw 0 0 3 3
Livingstone 0 0 3 6
Winston-Salem State 0 1 5 5
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER- Ransheda Jennings, 5-7, Sr., G, CHOWAN
SWent over 1,000 career points in 21 -point, 9-rebound,
3-assists, 3-steals and 2-block performance vs.
ROOKIE Summer Curtis, Was 6-of-6 from the field
in win over Moun Olive. Also had 7 steals.
NEWCOMER -Tashama Banner, 5-8, Sr., G, FSU In loss
to Mt. Olive had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals.
MEAC MID EASTERN
M EA C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Hampton 2 0 8 2
Howard 2 0 6 5
N.CarolinaA&T 1 0 6 6
FloridaA&M 1 0 3 5
Md.-Eastern Shore 1 0 3 7
Norfolk State 1 1 5 5
South Carolina State 1 1 5 6
Morgan State 0 0 2 7
CoppinState 0 1 2 9
NC Central 0 1 2 10
Bethune-Cookman 0 1 1 9
Savannah State 0 2 5 7
Delaware State 0 2 3 10
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER Saadia Doyle, 5-11, r-Jr., HOWARD Had
25 points, 11 rebounds in win over Buffalo Added 2
steals and 1 assist
ROOKIE-Jaylan Bodiford, 6-3, Fr., C, NCA&T-Totalled
22points, 10rebounds, 1 block and2seals intwogames.
Had 12 points vs. Charlotte, 10 vs Wofford.
DEFENSE -Tracy King, 5-10, So., G, NC A&T- Grabbed
15 rebounds and had 3 steals In two games.
SIA C SOUTHERN NTCOLLEGIATE
SIA C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Fort Valley State
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
SWA G s..SOUTHWESTERN
SW AC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
AlabamaA&M 0 0 5 4
Grambling State 0 0 4 6
Alabama State 0 0 3 5
JacksonState 0 0 2 5
Miss. Valley St. 0 0 2 6
Alcorn State 0 0 2 7
Prairie View A&M 0 0 2 8
Southern 0 0 1 6
TexasSouthem 0 0 1 8
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 0 0 10
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Whiquitta Tobar, 5-7, Sr., G, ALABAMA A&M Scored
game-high 26 points on 7 of 15 shooting and 11 of 12
FTs, also had five rebounds and 3 assists in win over
Jasmine Sanders, 5-10, So., F, ALABAMA A&M Had
19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in win
over Austin Peay
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APRI honor local heroes at conference Shown above following their crowning are First Runner up Arianna King, Little Miss Duval/Nassau Alumni
Madyson Brinson and 2nd Runner Up Alanna Carter.
The A. Phillip Randolph Institute (APRI) Florida Chapter, held their 10th Annual A. Philip Randolph Memorial
Birthday Celebration last week at the Crown Plaza Riverfront Hotel. Named after the legendary labor organizer
and hometown hero A. Philip Randolph, the conference raises funds to support voter education, organizing non-
partisan (GOTV) drives and health care awareness programs of the State Chapter.Honored this year during the
awards ceremony were (L-R): Champion of Labor Romia Johnson, Distinguished Legislator Sen. Tony
Hill, Distinguished Community Service Honoree Sollie Mitchell and Keynote Speaker, Distinguished
Community Service Miriam Bunny Baker, Lifetime Achievement Charles F. Spencer, Eminence Honoree
- Cong. Corrine Brown, and Rev. Landon Williams.
Rep. Mia Jones to lead
Florida Black Caucus
Little Miss Duval/Nassau Alumni crowned
Little Miss Madyson Daon Brinson, daughter of Derrick and Regina Brinson, was recently crowned the 2011
Little Miss Duval/Nassau Alumni. The pageant, held at the Modis Building, focused on talent where Madyson
wowed the crowed and the judges with piano selections from "The Lion King" musical. The talented kindergart-
ner attends Simpson United Methodist Church and aspires to become a nurse. The pageant is sponsored by the
Duval/Nassau Alumni Chapter of Bethune Cookman University.
Rep. Alan Williams, Senator Arthenia Joyner, Rep. Mia Jones, Sen.
Oscar Braynon, II and Rep. Betty Reed.
State Rep. Mia L. Jones, D-Jacksonville, has been unanimously elected
chairwoman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus (FLBC).
"It is an honor to be elected to chair the FLBC," said Rep. Jones. "As
Chairwoman, I will be a strong advocate for our Caucus, and for the resi-
dents throughout Florida that we represent."
As Representative Jones takes the helm, she is expected to focus on a
number of Caucus priorities, including wide discrepancies in the areas of
health care and high school graduation rates facing the African American
community. The Caucus also remains committed to addressing dispropor-
tionate incarceration and high pregnancy rates affecting black youth.
AKA puts girls first as emerging leaders Shown above are participants: Kalicia Stillman, Larnee Mills, Torreka
Manning, Amber Williams, Emerald Williams, Kylah Thompson, Mariah Staggers, Mia Staggers, Ke'yanna Lamar,Brianna Lamar, Adaeze Ikeokwu,
Sharania Gathers, Shilah Easton, Nola Carter, Aniyah Brown, Kaliatou Borjibo,Mariah Bryant, Myamyckel Etienne, Demiele Lindsay,Tiana Meghani,
Shana Perry, Aleis Roosa, Eturnity Scott, Alexsya Simmons, Kiara Smith, Adrionna Smith, Kilanea Sutton, Kolyka Wald, Katrina Thorne, Johminah
Douglas. Gamma Rho Omega and Delta Omicron Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. held a graduation celebration in June for the Inaugural
class of Emerging Young Leaders. The Emerging Young Leaders is an international program for middle school girls (grades 6-8), which is designed to
extend the vision of the sorority by cultivating and encouraging high scholastic achievement through leadership development, educational enrichment,
civic engagement and character. The sorority's goal is to impact the lives of 10,000 girls nationally.
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Eastsiders holdfirst Community Day The first annual "out east"Eastside reunion took place at A. Philip Randolph Park in
July in the heart of the Eastside. On the Eastside, every student attended Matthew Gilbert and participated with a fond rivalry with students of Stanton.
Prior to integration, the community was a vibrant diamond symbolizing "the village" where everyone watched over and out for everyone else, parents
and youth alike. Attendees included Paul Fields, Jr., Harold Jones, Tommy Chandler, Marion Dunbar, Andrew Dumas, Sr., Michael Anderson, Clarence
Lee, Lucille McCloud, James Cotton, John Miles, Charles Sutton, Redd Norman Enoch Webster, Curtis Miranda, Selina Lee, Tonie Lewis, Lillian Green,
and Shotgun Walker.
Macedonia Embraces New Mother of 7 Adopted Children
The church family of Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church joined
together with community partners to
assist Rosa Mae Solomon with her
newly adopted family. The 63-year-
old foster mother adopted seven sib-
To her surprise, while attending
services at Greater Macedonia last
weekend, she was presented with a
new 12 passenger van and $9,000 to
assist with expenses. The children,
ages 2-13, had been separated in fos-
ter homes since their parents had lost
parental rights. It was Duval County's
first adoption of seven siblings into a
single family under one roof.
The church joined with community
partners including the 100 Black Men
and the Neighbor to Family Program
for the presentation.
Greater Macedonia who spearhead-
ed the effort, brought the players to
the table thanks to the coordination of
their pastor, Dr. Landon Williams and
Following the special services, the
family joined the congregation in a
ice cream and cupcake feast.
Shown right at the celebration are
Hillary Colary (Neighbor to Family),
Stephen Kennedy (100 Black Men),
honoree Rosa Mae Solomon, Dr.
Landon Williams and Circuit Judge
David Gooding who presided over the
adoption. The children are holding the
check presented to Ms. Solomon to
use for their care from Greater
Macedonia and other community
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service in September with a special edition. The issue included
a look back at many of the occasions and newsworthy events
that has maintained us throughout the years. We look forward
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Nunsense the Musical
The Alhambra Theater presents
the play "Nunsense," opening
December 30th through February
5th starring former Miss America
Jacksonville Native Leanza
Cornett. Tickets on sale at the
Alhambra Box office, 12000 Beach
Blvd or call (904) 641-1212 or visit
Laugh in the New Year!
Focused on Comedy presents a
New Years Day comedy extrava-
ganza, with BET comedians Roz G,
Tight Mike, and Vanessa Fraction,
Sunday, January 1st, 7:00 p.m. at
Skyline Sports Bar & Grill, 5611
Norwood avenue. For more infor-
mation visit www.focusedoncome-
dy.net or call (904) 365-8816 or
MWG Annual Reunion
Matthew W. Gilbert will hold their
14th Annual Grand Reunion,
Friday, January 6th and 7th at
6:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Riverfront
Hotel, 225 East Coastline Drive.
Come meet, greet and socialize
with friends and graduates from
classes of 1952 1970. For contact
information call Chairman James
Daniels, at (904) 704-8688 or email
The next P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
meeting will be Saturday, January
7th at 2 p.m., at the American
Beach Community Center, 1600
Julia Street, American Beach,
Fernandina Beach, Fl. 32034.
"Smarty Pants" by G. W. Reynolds,
III will be discussed. For more
information contact host Marsha
Phelts at 904-945-0837.
Wicked from Broadway
After breaking box office records
and selling out in record time in
2009, "WICKED," Broadway's
biggest blockbuster will return to
Jacksonville at the Times-Union
Center's Moran Theater, 501 W.
State St., from January 4-22, 2012
for 24 performances. For tickets or
more information contact Sarah
Roy at (904) 632-3211.
Mayor Alvin Brown invites you to
commemorate the 83rd anniversary
of Dr. Kings birth with a breakfast
honoring his life and his dream for
social change. Activities include
keynote speaker Dr. Bernice A.
King, breakfast and entertainment
at the Prime Osborn Convention
Center, Friday, January 13, 2012,
7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. For more
information call COJ special events
department at (904) 630-CITY.
Funnny man Kat Williams will be
in concert for one night only at the
Times Union Center for performing
arts. The talented comedian who
has also appeared in several movies
will be here on Saturday, January
15th. Contact Ticketmaster for your
Annual Old Timers
MLK Day Tournament
The annual Old Timers tribute and
celebration on MLK Day, now in
honor of the last Ronald Elps, will
be held on Monday, January 16th at
the Charles "Boobie" Clark Park.
The celebration includes a youth
basketball tournament at 10 a.m.
and the Old Timers Football
Tournament at 3 p.m. wth music by
DJ Roach. To participate or donate,
Ringling Bros. Circus
Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey Circus will be in town
January 19 22, 2012, at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena. For tickets call (904) 630-
Mark your calendar for the next
Jacksonville Diversity Network
meeting, Thursday, January 26th, at
6 p.m. For location info, email
Change III: Youth
Rights Right Now!
Youth Real Talk conversation will
take place Thursday, January 26,
2012 from 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m., at
the Jacksonville Public Library, 303
N Laura St. The exchange will deal
with youth rights, issues in health,
justice, family, social, and govern-
ment arenas. For more information
contact the JPL at (904) 630-2665.
at American Beach
The American Beach Property
Owners Assoc, Inc., will presents
the Evans Rendezvous Renovation
Part I Celebration, 12:00 Noon,
Saturday, January 28th, on Gregg &
Lewis Streets, American Beach, FL
at Evans on the Beach. Join the his-
toric community for the celebration
with a Jazz Band and refreshments.
For more information call Events
Planner at (904) 261-7906.
Ribault Class of '78
travels to Atlanta
Come join the Ribault High
School Class of 1978 as they pre-
pare to come together for the Honda
Battle Of The Bands at the Georgia
Dome in Atlanta, Georgia,
Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 3:00
p.m. For more information on the
trip, call 410-9603 or email
Tyler Perry's New Play
Tyler Perry, has assembled an all-
new cast of performers "The Haves
and The Have Nots." The play
arrives at the Times-Union Center
Moran Theater, Wednesday,
February 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. For
tickets, call 353-3309.
"Seize the Date" Single
Tickets are now on sale for the
Carpe Circa "SEIZE THE DATE"
hosted by the Jacksonville Women
Lawyers Association (JWLA). The
event to benefit Jacksonville Area
Legal Aid (JALA) will take place
on February 9, 2012 at The River
Club. The Bachelor and
Bachelorettes will be made up of
single local attorneys. Tickets are
on sale for $30.00 in advance or
two for $50.00. For more informa-
tion, contact Christa Figgins at
356-8371, ext. 316.
Gladys Knight has long been one
of the greatest! Come hear the
seven-time Grammy winner,
Saturday, February 18th at 8 p.m.
at the Florida Theater. For tickets
visit www.floridatheater.com or call
The UniverSoul Circus will return
to Jacksonville February 28-
March 4th. The big top tent will be
headquartered by the Prime
Osborne Convention Center. For
more information, contact
Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
The Harlem Globetrotters will
bring their 2012 World Tour to
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena on Friday March 2, 2012, at
7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets visit
www.ticketmaster.com or by phone
at (800) 745-3000 or email ccas-
Appeal for your excess clothes
The Millions More Movement, Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.,a non-profit organization is appealing for your excess
clothes,clothes hangers, shoes of all sizes for women, men,children and
school supplies.These items will be used in their organization's next
"Clothes Give-A-Way". These items can be brought to 916 N.Myrtle
Avenue, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00a.m. 5:00
p.m.You can also call us to pickup your donations.Our contact number is
904-240-9133 .If you would like to learn more about JLOC Inc., MMM
visit their website, www.jaxloc.org. Pick ups are available.
Kuumba Festival wants your old
newspapers for fund raising efforts
The Kuumba African-American Arts Festival is raising funds by recy-
cling your old papers. Bring your newspapers to their special recycling bin
located at the WinnDixie on Moncrief and Soutel.
Do You Have an event
for Around Town?
The Jacksonville Free Press is please to print your pub-
lic service announcements and coming events free of
charge, news deadline is Monday at 6 p.m. by the week
you would like your information to be printed.
Information can be sent via email, fax, brought into our
office or mailed in. Please be sure to include the 5W's -
who, what, when, where, why and you must include a
Fax (904) 765-3803
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